As a relief from the semi-endless cleaning up of the house, we head across to Kew Gardens for a wander, taking in everything from my favourite mulberry trees (fruit quite some way from ripening) to the piranha in the basement of the Princess of Wales greenhouse.
Schoolchildren everywhere, elbowing their way in to see the deadly fish, though a teacher was explaining that the piranha’s reputation was ill-founded.
Noted that the time capsule in the greenhouse floor (originally Elaine’s suggestion, taken forward by Joss and David Pearson of Gaia Books) has reached its 30th anniversary year. Warmly remember David Attenborough lowering the capsule into the hole, with Gaia and Hania on his knees, both wearing wildly oversize hard hats. And him tapping them on their helmets, asking whether there was anyone in?